Wife fearful her husband's killer will return

Wife of Bywater murder victim speaks out

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Nearly a month after a man was found killed and dumped behind his Piety Street home, his wife is searching for answers.

Anthony Paul Sr., 56, was found wrapped in a blanket with apparent stab wounds, according to family members. The coroner's report said Paul was killed by "sharp force injury."

Paul was married to his wife for 37 years, but now she's scared to stay in her home, afraid the killer will return.

"I can't stay here, I'm afraid for myself, I don't want to be here at all," said Paul's wife, who didn't want to be directly identified. "It's really hurting that I ain't gonna have him no more in life, and I don't know what else to do because he's gone."

She thinks she knows who killed her husband, but said she hasn't gotten any real response from police. FOX 8 reached out to NOPD, who said there is no new information and the homicide is still under investigation.

It's an answer that continues to frustrate the widow and the neighbors on Piety who called Paul the "mayor of the block."

"He looked out for everybody's house. He looked out for everybody's families and their lives and knew every delivery driver that came through this neighborhood. Every person who passed by here had an interaction with him, and he was just a really incredibly helpful person," said one neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

Another man lamented his short time with his friend Paul, who he said took him in when he was new to the neighborhood and encouraged him to become a tried and true Saints fan.

"This was a guy who really loved his city and really loved this street and he achieved something remarkable. He raised a family in a very difficult environment and eventually he was able to get out of the projects, which was some sort of an achievement for them to get away from all the violence, but in a really absurd way, violence ended up touching him," Paul's friend and neighbor said.

Now Paul's wife only has the memories, messages from friends and a few pictures to look back on, but without justice, it may not be enough.

"I don't know what to do. I really don't because it's really hurting me. I don't know what else to do or nothing because it's hard for me to be all alone by myself, but I know I have my children. But it ain't nothing like my partner that I had for all them years," she said.

If you have information that could help police contact Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

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